Books January 30, 2012
Michael Morpurgo on the Futility of War

The author of War Horse describes the important role that war has played in shaping his world view.

In this clip, Michael talks about...

Being a war baby
"All I know is that I'm a war baby, I grew up after the Second World War, and I lived in London and I saw the result of war all around me. I thought it was just buildings first of all - we use to play in bomb sites - they were the best playgrounds you could possibly invent. Wonderful. And then I suppose [at] 5 or 6 I began to realize there was something that had gone on - they called it war."

What survivors must endure
"War doesn't just kill people and knock down buildings, it destroys those who live on afterwards."

Who is killed in a war
"And now when I see on my television, a bomb hitting some bridge in Iraq or Afghanistan and some lorry simply going up in smoke, I don't think, 'clever, clever.' I think that person in that lorry had a mother, had a father, had a son, has a daughter - and they didn't mean to fight this war. Why do we go on doing this stuff?"



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